Rest In Me...
“The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.
I always have more than enough.
He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love.
His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.
That’s where he restores and revives my life. He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to his name.
Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.
Your authority is my strength and my peace.
The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.
You become my delicious feast even when my enemies dare to fight.
You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit; you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows.
So why would I fear the future? For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.
Then afterward, when my life is through, I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!”
Psalms 23:1-6 TPT
How many would raise their hands and say life is messy, difficult, and can you leave you feeling weary? When we accepted Jesus into our lives, maybe we thought that He would snap his fingers and instantly our lives would clear up, our problems would disappear, and our path would be laid out clear and blue.
We know that it doesn’t quite work out like that. When we accept Jesus into our lives, problems don’t go away and life doesn’t get any less messy, instead, we learn to navigate with Jesus at the helm. I think it’s safe to say we all go through seasons of trusting in Jesus. Many times, we find ourselves searching our hearts; wondering if what we are doing is correct. Reflecting helps us to rely on Jesus.
We know that David was a shepherd. He spent many days and nights in the fields watching over them. I can imagine this being a time that David really had great one-on-one talks with God and found the perfect opportunity to find rest in Him. God seems to really have positioned David to being a watch over the flock because one day he would be stepping into his kingly role and have his own flock. More importantly, it solidified his heart to become one with the true king. David needed these moments to learn how to lean on God, allow Him to lead his life, and set up his heart to know that even in sin, God would still be there.
We are the sheep grazing in the field, and God is our shepherd. When we stray he’s there to lead us back. When our hearts are full of worry and fear, he’s there with his rod to guide to his arms, and when life is so messy, he whispers rest in me.
A challenge for this week is to ask God where you are at in relationship with Him. What do you need to put aside so that you and Him can grow closer together? Psalms 23 is a great guide to use as a period of reflection. Use these times in the field to rest in the pastures. Take a moment to lie down in the grass and close your eyes. Let God take all the burdens of your heart and show you his love and grace.
Pastor Mark and the Devotional team